Storyboard for Girl in a Jar, 1924 by Mary Books.

After the shrunken Mary faints from being put into a sealed glass jar, her lover realizes what he has done. But it is too late. When he removes the lid, Mary has already turned into a butterfly. As she awakes to find herself with wings, she looks at her lover one last time before flying…

Mary Books on the cover of Motion Picture Classic, 1926.

1926 was a fine year for Mary Books. Her literary vignettes of Paris were finally adapted for the silver screen. Moreover, she was commissioned for yet another magazine cover, this time for Motion Picture Classic. Mary’s “sketches,” like her personality, were a mix of the comedic and erotic. Directors agreed she would be a natural…

She was there. Smoking a cigarette with Frida Kahlo, circa 1940s. 

Graphite, soft pastel, watercolour, and lipstick on paper. 24″ x 36″. ©2017 Mary Khan Original photograph which inspired my drawing: Bettmann archive. Dear Frida, Thank you for the gold, silver, diamonds, and turquoise. Paintings and jewels. Paint anything, anyone. Paint in triplicate if you have to. Paint for me, for you, Diego and the universe. Yours,…

She was there. With Miles Davis at Columbia 30th Street Studio for the recording sessions of Kind of Blue, April/May 1959.

Iconic, larger than life. Kind of Blue considered a masterpiece of modern music. Modal jazz, flowing improvisation, one take recordings. Racism, misogyny, eccentricity. Tenderness, eloquence, elegance. Subtlety. Social biases with regards to male and female artists. All of these manifest in the mythology surrounding Miles Davis. Graphite, chalk, and watercolour on paper. 24″ x 36″.  2017…